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Will the?referrer be a trigger for duplicate content
Hissingsid

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 9:21 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi,

In my quest to clean up any possible Google misinterpretations I've found a couple of URLs indexed by Google but which do not exist on my site. A site owner that has a couple of ads on his site for me has "very kindly" appended a?sitename-referrer to my URL so I can easily see clicks from his site on my logs.

Google has definately indexed these URLs and they do appear in SERPs for certain searches.

The question is will these be seen as duplicates. Google sees them as unique URLs but the content is my home page and is therefore a duplicate. I've asked for the?referrer bit to be removed just to be on the safe side but would very much appreciate opinions on whether this may be part of my decimated ranking problem.

Many thanks

Sid

 

vrtlw

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 11:12 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

My original post:
[webmasterworld.com...]

And the answer that has worked:
[webmasterworld.com...]

[edited by: vrtlw at 11:17 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2004]

vrtlw

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 11:28 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thinking to myself.......

Rule #1: Don't feed the trolls.

We don't need to do anything to satisfy GoogleBot, but it sure helps out if we can do our best to not be penalized in our efforts to produce better results in the search engine results (not just for google).

dasboot



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 11:41 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Fine words - now let's get on with the discussion.

optisoft

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 5:59 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I did that, changed very fast. Now blah.com/?ref=blah redirects to blah.com/ . How this helps.

vrtlw

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 6:46 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I did that, changed very fast.

I saw changes within a few (maybe 5) days

Hissingsid

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 9:12 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I saw changes within a few (maybe 5) days

Hi,

Thanks for the pointers. I've added the suggested code to my .htaccess file with fingers crossed re possible misinterpretation as cloaking.

When you say "changes" what exactly happened?

Best wishes

Sid

vrtlw

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20965 posted 9:19 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

The entries were removed from the SERPS

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